So, the Masonic season is at an end until September – or is it?
July was certainly quiet but no less enjoyable than previous months. A flying visit to London at the start of the month for the half-yearly meeting of the Grand Stewards’ Lodge at Mark Masons Hall followed the next day by the Grand Imperial Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine at Freemasons’ Hall and lunch at the Grand Connaught Rooms (photo courtesy of the North & East Lancashire District Facebook page).
One very pleasant social event took place in the middle of the month, the White Stone Mark Lodge annual ladies luncheon at Stanley House, Audenshaw.
Then, to cap the month, the year and possibly my entire period in office to date as the Inspector General for the Rose Croix District of North East Lancashire, were the centenary celebrations of five Lancashire Chapters warranted on 18th April 1918.
The celebrations started gently enough on Saturday 28th July with a private celebration in Pemberton of one of the five Chapters, Col. JD Murray Chapter No.196, to which I and a small number of guests were invited. Then on Monday 30th July, we had the main celebration when all 5 Chapters met together under the warrant of the Morning Star Chapter No.33, meeting by dispensation at Westhoughton. With over 130 Rose Croix Masons present, the Lodge room was heaving and uncomfortably warm on a summer’s late afternoon and early evening but the discomfort was quickly forgotten as the host Chapter conducted its regular business, including the Enthronement of the MWS, and we then enjoyed seeing the 5 Chapters celebrate their Centenaries under the direction of the Sovereign Grand Commander, M∴P∴Bro Alan Englefield 33° and the Supreme Council team. The full article and photos can be found on the North East Lancashire District website by clicking here.
Sue and I also managed some time away as part of her Soroptimist Federation Presidential duties, including a long weekend in Oxford for the club’s 60th Charter Anniversary. Events included a civic reception on the Friday evening, a gala dinner in the main dining hall of St. John’s College on the Saturday evening and a garden party at the home of the club President the Sunday.
The following weekend we travelled to Solihull where Sue was attending the Federation Management Board meeting which gave me some free time to explore.
Lastly another weekend trip, to Kidderminster, for the club’s 70th Charter Anniversary, which took the form of a luncheon at Spring Grove House, a restored Georgian manor house in the grounds of the West Midlands Safari Park.
As I writ this blog on 2nd August, the new Masonic season has already begun!
Last night I attended the first practice for the meeting of Wycoller Mark Lodge at Colne on 16th August when I will install WBro John Hudson as my successor as WM. Tonight I am attending the Northern Area Grand Officer’s Dinner at Accrington Masonic Hall when I have no doubt we will hear more about the Craft and Royal Arch re-organisations announced yesterday and what our newly appointed Deputy ProvGM, Assistant ProvGM and AProvGP have in store for us!